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1napalm

noun na·palm \ˈnā-ˌpäm, -ˌpälm also ˈna- also nə-ˈpä(l)m\

: a thick substance that contains gasoline and that is used in bombs that cause a destructive fire over a wide area

Full Definition of NAPALM

1
:  a thickener consisting of a mixture of aluminum soaps used in jelling gasoline (as for incendiary bombs)
2
:  fuel jelled with napalm

Origin of NAPALM

naphthene + palmitate
First Known Use: 1942

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2napalm

verb

Definition of NAPALM

transitive verb
:  to assault with napalm

First Known Use of NAPALM

1950

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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